After being bypassed in the last three NHL Drafts, London Knights goaltender Michael Houser has signed an entry-level contract with the Florida Panthers early Monday afternoon.
The native of Wexford, Pennsylvania won the Red Tilson Award as the Ontario Hockey League's Most Outstanding Player as well as the OHL's Goaltender of the Year. Houser also backstopped the Knights to the OHL Championship this past season. In 2011-12, Houser played in 62 regular season games and led the "O" with 46 wins, which tied a league record, and also posted a 2.47 goals against average (ranked third in the OHL) with a .925 save percentage (fourth in the OHL) and six shutouts (second). Houser led all Canadian Hockey League (CHL) goalies in minutes played with 3,698.
He was also passed over twice in the OHL Priority Selection because of having a club foot, but that hasn't stopped him from having the career that he had in the OHL posting a career record of 93-38-7 with a 2.90 goals against average, .912 save percentage and seven shutouts.
Houser was originally scheduled to be in Winnipeg at the Jets' Prospect Development Camp, but that did not happen because of the signing.
Other OHL News:
The Kingston Frontenacs signed forward Slater Doggett to an OHL Contract. Doggett was selected in the 12th round (222nd overall) in this past spring's OHL Priority Selection. In 2011-12, Doggett scored 17 goals and added 15 assists in 47 games with the Burlington Cougars of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL).
Kitchener Rangers' forward Radek Faksa signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars over the weekend. Faksa, who was the Stars' first round pick (13th overall) scored 29 goals and 37 assists in 62 games with the Rangers last season.
Mario Dupuis was hired by the Ottawa 67's as the team's Trainer. Dupuis, who has a strong hockey background, was an Operation Commander with the Ottawa Paramedic Service for the past 25 years. Last year, Dupuis served as a Trainer for the Cumberland Grads Jr-A squad of the Central Canadian Hockey League.
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